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Anti-government protest takes place in Albania
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Albanians are protesting the government's economic policies, claiming they are leading to rising taxes and energy prices and high unemployment.... 11/22/2014 2:31 PM

Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola and identified two new suspected cases, raising concern about further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country.... 11/22/2014 2:29 PM

Kerry says gaps remain in talks about Iran's nukes
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned of "serious gaps" in the talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, but as Monday's deadline approached his German counterpart said Tehran and six world powers have "never been closer" to agreement since they started negotiating more than six years ago.... 11/22/2014 2:28 PM

Thousands take part in Spanish anti-abortion rally
MADRID (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a demonstration in Madrid to protest against the conservative government's decision to scrap plans to restrict the availability of abortion.... 11/22/2014 2:24 PM

Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano city
TOKYO (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck central Japan on Saturday night, causing at least one building to collapse and injuring several people, according to Japanese media reports. No tsunami warning was issued.... 11/22/2014 2:24 PM

Scientists seek more tombs at ancient Greek site
AMPHIPOLIS, Greece (AP) -- Officials say the vast ancient burial mound at Amphipolis in Greece could contain more than one dead.... 11/22/2014 2:23 PM

Strong quake in western China kills at least 1
BEIJING (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China on Saturday, killing at least one person and causing minor damage to buildings, officials and state media said.... 11/22/2014 1:53 PM

Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago, but a boycott by the country's opposition overshadowed the vote and highlighted the sectarian-charged divisions gripping this strategic U.S. ally.... 11/22/2014 1:51 PM

Egypt to host major economic conference in March
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's prime minister says his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh starting March 13 to support the country's economy.... 11/22/2014 1:33 PM

Iraqi forces, Islamic State group battle in Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation Saturday to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants, an official and residents said.... 11/22/2014 1:31 PM

Pope meets with autistic children
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has called for an end to the isolation and stigma of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families during an audience aimed at raising awareness about the condition.... 11/22/2014 1:20 PM

Somalia's Al-Shabab says it killed 28 in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for a Saturday dawn attack on a bus in which 28 non-Muslims were singled out and killed.... 11/22/2014 1:11 PM

Hundreds evacuated after London hotel explosion
LONDON (AP) -- A suspected gas leak touched off an explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London, injuring 14 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of hotel guests, authorities said Saturday.... 11/22/2014 1:00 PM

UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers.... 11/22/2014 12:46 PM

N. Korean student escaped kidnap attempt in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- A North Korean student with family ties to the regime has escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding.... 11/22/2014 12:34 PM

Nagorno-Karabkah says it killed 2 Azeri soldiers
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -- Nagorno-Karabakh says its forces have killed two Azerbaijani soldiers in an operation to recover the bodies of three helicopter crew members whose craft was shot down by Azerbaijan this month.... 11/22/2014 12:21 PM

Activist group: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900
BEIRUT (AP) -- A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well.... 11/22/2014 11:54 AM

Egypt lawyers union: Judge terrorizing attorneys
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's lawyers union has criticized an Egyptian judge for "disparaging" and "terrorizing" the defense team of a prominent activist on trial over a 2011 protest.... 11/22/2014 11:44 AM

Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August.... 11/22/2014 11:22 AM

Afghan base attack kills 8 militants, 1 soldier
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says that one soldier and eight insurgents have been killed in an attack on an army base in the country's volatile east.... 11/22/2014 10:59 AM